The Chinese division of industrial gas giant, The Linde Group, has opened a new packaged gas products (PGP) filling plant in Ningbo, China.

The newly opened facility, named the Linde Gas Ningbo Co., Ltd. Beilun Branch PGP Filling Plant, has the capacity to fill an additional 1.2 million gas cylinders every year.

With a total investment of around RMB 70m ($10.8m), the factory has been designed to fill cylinders with industrial, medical and specialty gas products at at a pressure of 200 bar.

The Linde Beilun PGP Filling Plant aims to deliver high-quality cylinder products by leveraging its cylinder gas business and lowering the gas consumption threshold for its targeted customers. So, medium and small-size customers, with annual gas consumption under 1,000m3 can directly access these products. 

Economic slow-down

With this new plant, the North Pacific rim outfit has successfully achieved city-wide gas supply in Ningbo with an improved industrial gas chain, for both key accounts and customers with smaller gas consumptions.

Following the economic slow-down in China, the regional branch of Tier One player Linde, aims to offer various gas products and meet quantity, quality and innovation requirements under weaker exports and less foreign investment into the country. 

Linde is gradually localising its international expertise in the process of business practices and daily operations in China

Steven Fang, Regional Business Head of Linde East Asia, stressed, “With our businesses steadily developing in China, Linde is gradually localising its international expertise in the process of business practices and daily operations in China, offering products and comprehensive solutions to customers in the region.”

The plant will serve Linde’s customers from the Wanjiang Economical Area (WEA) to the Yangtze River Delta together with six branches in Shanghai, Suzhou, Changzhou, Nanjing, Hefei and Xuzhou.

gasworld Business Intelligence states that China is the second largest industrial gas market in the world, valued at approximately $9.2bn, with Linde being the largest single industrial gas company active in the republic.